These little cheese ball bites turn out so pretty that you almost feel bad eating them… But don’t worry – once you’ve had a taste of the first one, you will quickly get over it haha!
It is a lot easier to practice portion control with these. When you have a huge cheese ball, you convince yourself you “haven’t really eaten that much yet” and you end up with a tummy ache! But you can count exactly how many of these you’ve had, and I think about 10 is a good number to stop… Although, you could try setting a record and eating 30!
4 1/2 C. Kraft Sharp Cheddar Natural Cheese, separated
2, 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
8 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 C. craisins
1/2 C. sliced green onions
1/4 C. finely chopped parsley
3/4 C. toasted almonds
pretzels sticks and/or crackers to serve with
Mix together the cream cheese, 2 Cups of the Kraft Sharp Cheddar Natural Cheese, bacon, craisins, green onions and parsley.
Cover bowl and refrigerate at least two-hours or overnight.
Using a spoon or small scoop out the cheese mixture into single servings approx 3/4-1″ in diameter.
Roll the cheese mixture into round balls. I found the mixture was less likely to stick to my hand if I rubbed a little butter on them first.
Mix the remaining cheese with the almonds and roll the ball in the mixture to coat. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Quick tip: Not a fan of almonds? Use your favorite nuts instead.
Big thanks to Our Pretty Little Girls for this delicious recipe!